Awards and AccreditationComprehensive Stroke Center is First in State to Earn Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care
Washoe Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is First in State to Earn Gold Seal of Approval TM for Stroke Care
Reno, Nev. (December 21, 2005)— Washoe Medical Center announced today that its Comprehensive Stroke Center is the first in Nevada—and one of only 192 nationwide—to earn the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for stroke care by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body. The Joint Commission awarded Washoe Med’s Comprehensive Stroke Center its Primary Stroke Center Certification.
“Joint Commission certification signifies that Washoe Med’s Comprehensive Stroke Center complies with the highest national standards for healthcare safety and quality of care,” said Paul M. Katz, MD, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. “The Stroke Quality Improvement team at Washoe Med should be credited for its hard work and commitment to quality in earning this distinctive recognition. This Gold Seal of Approval designates Washoe Med as the regional leader in providing stroke prevention education and treatment –including outreach to our rural community partners.”
The Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on a rigorous, daylong, on-site review of Washoe Med’s Stroke Center and recognizes the center’s exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients. Nationally each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. It is the nation’s third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“This certification is an important recognition of Washoe Med’s commitment to exceptional quality of care,” said Elizabeth Mullikin, Washoe Medical Center neurosciences service line administrator. “On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Our Comprehensive Stroke Center provides stroke patients with the most technologically advanced care, combined with the expertise of skilled specialists who are available 24 hours a day.”
The Comprehensive Stroke Center provides the latest treatment options and works to educate the entire northern Nevada community on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. In addition, the Stroke Center has been nationally recognized as a model for other communities for its work to bring faster treatment to stroke patients in rural areas.
“This certification not only helps raise public awareness about the work of the center, but it also helps raise the bar for other hospitals across the country,” Katz said. “Stroke is a major public health problem, and this certification shows that Washoe Med is addressing it in a systematic way that can be replicated by other hospitals.”
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s recommendations for primary stroke centers. The Joint Commission recognized Washoe Med’s Comprehensive Stroke Center for its leadership in coordinating the delivery of care throughout such a vast geographic region. This coordination includes emergency medical services, surrounding rural communities and Washoe Medical Center. Also noted was the Stroke Center’s participation in ongoing nationally recognized clinical drug and device trials for stroke treatment, as well as the commitment of Washoe Med’s senior leadership to the stroke care program.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center is part of Washoe Med’s Institute for Neurosciences, the only institute in northern Nevada dedicated to bringing to the community, world-class treatment for care of complex neurological cases.